Revitalizing the Right to Development

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21 Oct 2016



Annual Meeting of the Royal Netherlands Society of International Law

On Friday, 4 November 2016 AT 1:30 P.M. Raadzaal, Utrecht University, Achter Sint Peter 200, 3512 HT Utrecht

Speakers: Prof. Karin Arts on Revitalizing the Right to Development in International Law; Prof. Koen de Feyter on The Right to Development: A Treaty and Its Discontents

The printed version of the papers is available for non-members by applying to Coffee and tea will be available from 12:30 P.M. onwards. At 5:00 P.M. the biennial François Prize will be awarded.

A version of this paper was published in the Netherlands International Law Review (2016).

PLEASE NOTE: If you wish to attend the meeting, you are kindly requested to register in advance at

The Right to Development, formally accepted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1986, belongs to the so-called ‘third generation of human rights’, a concept basically intended to express that the world needed to do much more in order to fully realise all other human rights for everyone worldwide. Unsurprisingly, the initiative to proclaim a Declaration on the Right to Development came from developing nations.

Thirty years later, we have witnessed the adoption of the Millennium Development Goals (2000) and the Sustainable Development Goals (2015), while the realities these instruments aim to cover appear tremendously complex. Climate change, migration flows, lack of adequate health care and clean drinking water, lack of well-functioning institutions are but a few key ‘wicked problems’: closely interconnected and often affecting each other, sometimes negatively.

Solving them requires urgent attention from a variety of disciplines. The Right to Development touches on all of these problems. The papers to be discussed on 4 November analyse the current status of the Right to Development, while also focusing on the question how to use and strengthen the Right to Development in view of the challenges with which the world is confronted today.

The Board of the Society hopes that many KNVIR members will attend on 4 November and participate in the discussion as interested world citizens confronted with problems that might, and often will, transcend their legal expertise, either as academic researchers or as practitioners.
At 1:00 P.M. the Annual General Meeting of the KNVIR will be held, to which members only are admitted. Non-members interested in the subject of the meeting are welcome to attend from 1:30 P.M. onwards.

The presentations and discussion will be held in English.


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